Restorative formulas that reverse the unwanted effects of styling treatments.
Whether it’s a dye job or retexturising overhaul, hair that has gone through any kind of chemical treatment often ends up dry, damaged and brittle. Choose reparative products that not only rehydrate and strengthen from root to tip, but prolong and protect your newly treated ’do, be it bleached, permed or repeatedly coloured.
BEST CONDITIONER FOR COLOURED HAIR
1. Eden Breeze Colour Treated Hair Conditioner, $26, THANN
This conditioner infuses hair with organic inca inchi oil and shea butter, together with sweet almond and coconut oils, to intensely moisturise and increase lustre using natural reparative ingredients to bring out the best in coloured hair.
BEST SHAMPOO FOR CHEMICALLY TREATED HAIR
2. Shampoo for Damaged Hair, $19, Dr. Schwarz
A blend of ﬁve ingredients, including phellinus linteus, an antioxidant-rich mushroom extract, and dark vinegar, repairs and nourishes locks while reducing frizz and protecting the scalp at the same time.
BEST COLOUR-PROTECTING HAIR MASK
3. Be Color Mask, $60, Be Hair
Rich in conditioning and nourishing properties from the use of caviar, keratin and collagen extracts, slather on this mask to effectively keep coloured, chemically treated locks soft and manageable. Plus, it helps prolong your dye job and protects against environmental aggressors as well.
BEST HAIR SERUM
4. Ceramides Enriched Desert Serum, $45, Antonin .B
Just three drops of this all-natural serum will inject new vibrancy into your hair. A featherweight mixture of premium organic botanicals rich in Omega-3, -6 and -9, it is formulated to deeply penetrate stressed tresses to hydrate and strengthen from the inside-out.
BEST LEAVE-IN TREATMENT FOR COLOURED HAIR
5. Phytomillesime Beauty Concentrate, $65, Phyto
A true multi-tasker, this spray-on, leave-in elixir protects and prepares hair for constant colour sessions, while prolonging and enhancing hair colour using a cocktail of botanical and fruit active ingredients. It also ensures that your dye job looks salon-fresh by improving shine and sleekness.
BEST CONDITIONER FOR CHEMICALLY TREATED HAIR
6. Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Conditioner, $15.90, John Frieda
Fortiﬁed with an Amino Repair Complex, this rich conditioner helps to reconstruct the lipid structure of your hair, including split ends. All levels of frizz are also kept at bay, with intensively hydrating and smoothening properties that restore resilience to prevent future breakage. future breakage.
BEST LEAVE-IN TREATMENT FOR CHEMICALLY TREATED HAIR
7. LEAVE-IN.REPAIR, $50, Kevin Murphy
A rinse-free solution that repairs, hydrates and protects using hydrolised keratin, green tea protein, bamboo leaf extract, papaya enzymes and rose geranium. The best part? The weightless concoction is perfect even for the ﬁnest of strands, turning frazzled hair silky smooth.
Prep, prime, protect and hold it all in place.
In the hair styling department, keeping locks well-protected is crucial, especially when heated tools are involved. Besides guarding against heat damage, investing in good quality primers and stylers can also help hairdos last longer, and nourish hair throughout the day.
BEST HAIR PRIMER
1. Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, $40, Percy & Reed
Run this leave-in balm against your hair to calm any frizzy flyaways for pain-free and easy styling. Perfect for our hot and humid climate, it will withstand humidity for all-night maintenance for up to three days.
BEST INSTANT SHINE PRODUCT
2. SHIMMER.ME.BLONDE, $50, Kevin Murphy
Not just for bleached blondes, this lavender mica-rich siliconebased hairspray revives worn-out dye jobs. Bamboo extract revives damaged hair by restoring elasticity, tone and shine; babassu oil replenishes strands with antioxidant-rich nutrients; and soybean oil adds softness and smoothness.
BEST HEAT PROTECTOR
3. Care Absolute Volume Thermal Protector, $27, Keune Haircosmetics
Spray this on from root to tip to prevent dryness, breakage and split ends caused by the intense heat of styling tools. Provitamin B5 prevents dehydration during styling, while hydrolised wheat protein protects hair cuticles from heat.
BEST CURl BOOSTER
4. CURLUP PERFECTING LOTION, $40, KMS
This soft lotion tames frizz and defines curls without weighing hair down. Two pumps on toweldried hair will provide enough control and humidity resistance no matter the drying technique, and a simple scrunch will reactivate the product during the day.
BEST VOLUMISING PRODUCT
5. StyleSign Ultra Volume Naturally Full Blow-Dry & Finish Bodifying Spray, $38, Goldwell
Build sky-high volume with this hairspray whilst blow-drying hair. UV filters help to prevent premature colour fading as well as heat-related damage from UV light and hot styling tools. Bamboo proteins and styling polymers aid hair to retain its flexibility during styling.
BEST MULTITASKING HAIR PRODUCT
6. Stage Works Fluffy Curl Mist, $31, Shiseido Professional
A multi-tasking high performance mist, the liquid utilises heat to repair and protect hair from damage as it turns stick-straight locks into longlasting, fluffy curls. With a quick, yet even light distribution, it can be used without a hairdryer.
BEST ROOT TOUCHUP PRODUCT
7. RETOUCH.ME, $45, Kevin Murphy
This multi-use root touch-up spray deposits quick-drying pigments instantly while covering grey hair or grown-out roots without damaging existing colour and/or flakiness; or leaving any residue. Comprised of polymers, each microfine pigment clings to roots with a satiny finish as vitamin E prolongs the freshness of the colour.
He needs hair-boosting daily essentials, too.
It’s a common misconception that men’s hair is fuss-free. Truth is, his mane deserves just the same amount of tender loving care as yours. More often than not, it needs deeper purification as male scalps can get oilier, which triggers premature hair loss, especially when there’s a risk of product build-up from all the gels, pastes and waxes used to keep him looking his best.
BEST SCALP TONIC
1. Densifique Homme, $320, Kérastase
Regain a full head of hair with this 30-day leavein scalp treatment programme, which utilises advanced stem cell science to improve hair body and strength. It expertly adds texture to hair while fortifying fibres with a concentration of the patented molecule, Stemoxydine, which thickens strands with regular use.
2. Redken Brews Mint Shampoo, $29, Redken
Menthol stimulates the scalp, while protein extracts boost hair strength, and glycerin keeps hair soft and manageable. With a refreshing mint scent, it’s also perfect for awakening the senses in the morning.
BEST STYLING PRODUCT
3. Design Power Paste, $18.50, Keune Haircosmetics
Containing a multi-vitamin complex that nourishes and strengthens hair, this matte-finish paste provides lasting hold, with just the right amount of styling flexibility.